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Preserving the legacy.

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James Thurber was a prolific and beloved humorist, cartoonist, author, playwright, and journalist known for his quirky and relatable characters and themes. With his work most prominently featured in The New Yorker, James has left an undeniable mark on the literary world. As one of the foremost American humorists of the 20th century, this award honors his legacy.

Born in Columbus, OH, we are proud to host the prize in James' very own.

James Thurber

was a prolific and beloved

humorist, cartoonist, author, playwright, and journalist

Portrait of a young James Thurber in his 20's/30's

known for his

quirky and relatable characters and themes.

Thurber drawing of a dog cooking pancakes at a stovetop for three little puppies behind them

with HIS work most prominently

featured in

the new yorker,

A cover of an issue of The New Yorker magazine showcasing James Thurber's drawings

James has left an undeniable mark on the literary world.

as one of the foremost american humorists of the 20th century,

this award honors

his legacy.

Born in columbus, OH,

we are proud to host the prize

in James' very own.

James Thurber was a prolific and beloved humorist, cartoonist, author, playwright, and journalist known for his quirky and relatable characters and themes.

With his work most prominently featured in The New Yorker, James has left an undeniable mark on the literary world. As one of the foremost American humorists of the 20th century, this award honors his legacy.

Born in Columbus, we are proud to host the prize in James' very own.
learn more about james thurber
James' Work

01

Is Sex Necessary? Or, Why You Feel the Way You Do

Book | with E.B White

1929

02

The Owl in the Attic and Other Perplexities

Book

1931

03

The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments

Book

1932

04

My Life and Hard Times

Book

1933

05

The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze

Book

1935

06

Let Your Mind Alone! and Other More Or Less Inspirational Pieces

Book

1937

07

The Last Flower

Book

1939

08

Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated

Book

1940

09

The Male Animal

Play | with Elliott Nugent

1940

10

My World—And Welcome to It

Book

1942

11

Men, Women and Dogs

Book

1943

12

Many Moons

Children's Book

1943

13

The Great Quillow

Children's Book

1944

14

The Thurber Carnival

Anthology

1945

15

The White Deer

Children's Book

1945

16

The Beast in Me and Other Animals

Book

1948

17

The 13 Clocks

Children's Book

1950

18

The Thurber Album

Book

1952

19

Thurber Country

Book

1953

20

Thurber's Dogs

Book

1955

21

Further Fables for Our Time

Book

1956

22

Alarms and Diversions

Anthology

1957

23

The Wonderful O

Children's Book

1957

24

The Years with Ross

Book

1959

25

A Thurber Carnival

Play

1960

26

Lanterns and Lances

Book

1961

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